Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

If you have a passion for helping people, for restoring dignity and helping to rebuild lives, then a career in occupational therapy may be for you.  Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) help people with many concerns, including developmental disabilities, vision rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury, geriatrics and physical dysfunction, outpatient and home care, and autism.

The mission of Maria’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is to give students a quality academic and clinical education in preparation for work with individuals of all abilities, ages, and from various cultural and socioeconomic groups.  The program is based on the altruistic and compassionate values shared by the occupational therapy profession, and the College’s founders, the Sisters of Mercy—both acknowledging the value of human differences and individuality.

Occupational Therapy courses are offered in the Day Division and Weekend College. Courses are taught in a combination of lecture, discussion and demonstration, with active participation being vital to student learning. Clinical experience is offered in a variety of traditional settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, mental health facilities, developmental centers and schools. emerging areas of OT practice in community and social systems are used to reflect local current trends in health care. Clinical laboratory and fieldwork education are scheduled during the day hours for all students. Students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program may need to be certified in CPR and/or fingerprinted with background checks to meet individual clinical site requirements.  A prior felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Exam and/or attain state authorization/licensure.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the:
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone: (301) 652-2682



The total number of graduates from the Maria College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program during the 3-year period of 2013-2015 was 130 with an overall graduation rate of 78.8%. 

Maria College OTA Program Graduation Rates

Graduation Year Graduates Entering/Graduating Rate
2015 68/55 80.9%
2014 48/38 79.2%
2013 49/37 75.5%
TOTAL 165/130 78.8%

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx


  • OCT 117 (Fieldwork I) consists of at least 40 hours of service learning throughout the semester.
  • Fieldwork requirement in the final semester—Following successful completion of all academic coursework, students must complete Fieldwork II courses OCT 216 and 217, each consisting of eight weeks full-time clinical rotations, for a total of 16 weeks.  OTA students must successfully complete all Fieldwork II assignments within 18 months following completion of academic course work.


  • OTA Fee – $100/semester
  • OTA Senior Review Seminar/Testing Fee  (OCT 230) – $250
  • Malpractice insurance – $20/year